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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

October 28, 2020

Ingredients: 3 Zucchini 1 lb. river watch beef/or harmony farms chorizo 1 C wild rice/white rice mix prepared 1 clove garlic 1 small onion 1 T chopped fresh herbs: oregano, Genovese or sweet basil, mixed Arp Rosemary 1 32 oz. jar marinara sauce ½ C Parmesan Cheese ½ C Hemme Brothers Cheese Curds ½ c Hemme Mozzarella 1 T chopped fresh Italian parsley Directions: Pre-Heat over to 350 degrees. Trim stems from zucchini, slice lengthwise, scoop out seeds put into bowl. Saute the onion and garlic Mix seeds with beef, rice, parmesan, cheese curds and mixed fresh herbs and stuff…


All About Trees

October 23, 2020

It's beauty, history, structure, and nature are what we enjoy about trees. They can be intimidating and overpowering, but it's our job to take care of them and continue planting. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer our knowledge and experience to our customers. Whether it's identifying what kind of tree is in your backyard, or why the leaves of your tree are turning brown, we've gathered the most commonly asked questions from our followers and put our experts to the test! When is the best time to prune my tree? Expand While it depends on the tree, it's typically best…


Grilled Herb Turkey Burgers

October 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, minced 4 minced garlic cloves 2 pounds ground turkey meat, preferably from the legs and thighs 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme Directions: Sauté onions and garlic: Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to…


Missouri Invasive Tree Species

October 15, 2020

The top invasive trees/shrubs in our area: • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) • Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki) • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) What makes a plant invasive? An invasive species is any species, either introduced or that escapes cultivation to take over and choke out native growing plants. Typically, this occurs because of rapid growth, copious seed or fruit production and hardiness or ability to acclimate to the area of invasion. This is especially true in the case of all plants listed above, almost all of these plants were…


Tuscan Bruschetta

September 28, 2020

Tuscan Fettunta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Cannellini Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 2 cups/500 ml cooked cannellini beans 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Avocado Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved…


Meet the Urban Apple

September 25, 2020

The History of the Urban Apple Neolithic Period (9000 B.C.) Malus sieversii, the primary forest tree of what is today, Western China. Widespread in the Tien Shan mountain range. Bronze Age (2500 B.C.) The dispersal begins along the Old Silk Road and cultivation of apple trees in near East (Turkey, Syria, & Iraq). Persian Empire (500 B.C.) Cultivation is widespread. Alexander The Great (300 B.C.) Cultivation is introduced to the Greek World. Greek knowledge of the art of grafting continues with Roman horticulturalists. Budding, grafting, and rootstock techniques are recorded by Roman writer Pliny. Malus domestica is born! Roman Empire…


The Real Mojito

September 15, 2020

A refreshing drink to have on a hot summer evening, the mint in this mojito will help to cool things way down. Ingredients: 10 fresh Mojito mint leaves (or peppermint or spearmint) ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste 1 cup ice cubes 1-1/2 fluid ounces white rum ½ cup club soda Directions: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release…


Eating in Season

September 11, 2020

Eating in season is not something most Americans practice, but why? There are many positive impacts of doing so. Here at Colonial Gardens, we strive to provide the Blue Springs and surrounding communities with the resources to eat with the seasons. What does that look like? Colonial Gardens grows or partners with local farms to provide fresh produce sold in our Market. Not only do we provide local produce, we support other local farmers/artisans by carrying their products. We carefully curate these vendors to fit our values and that also pair nicely with the products and produce we provide as…


Roasted Beet and Citrus Kale Salad

September 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-3 medium size beets1 large Naval orange, sectionedOrange zest & juice5-6 stalks of mixed kale, de-ribbed and chopped1-2 Tbsp honey2-3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar1 tsp fresh, chopped rosemary1 tsp Kosher salt3 Tbsp olive or walnut oilFresh ground pepper, toasted nuts, or goat cheese for extra toppings Directions: Peel and wedge beets. Toss in oil, salt, and rosemary. Spread out evenly on an oiled sheet and roast until tender at 400 degrees. Let cool. Whisk or blend honey, vinegar, oil, orange zest, and orange juice for dressing. Combine chopped kale, roasted beets, orange sections, and any other desired toppings in vinegarette…


Herb-Marinated Grilled Bison Steak

August 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pound Bison Sirloin Steak 2 pieces, or other lean cut For the Marinade: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Juice of half lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 6 Branches fresh thyme whole 1 tsp rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and cracked Directions: Whisk together all marinade ingredients except the thyme branches and garlic. Place the steaks in a shallow glass or steel container. Place the thyme branches and rosemary on top and a cracked garlic clove on each steak. Cover with the marinade. Rub in on both sides until well coated. Cover…


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